This week in Winning Post

The build-up to spring goes up a cog this Saturday with the return of champion Australian racehorse Winx at Randwick. And this time it's personal.

The mighty mare, unbeaten from her past 25 starts including 18 Group 1s, resumes in the newly rebadged Group 1 Winx Stakes over 1400m at weight-for-age.

The Randwick program also includes the Silver Shadow and Up & Coming for the new-season three-year-olds, the Show County and the Toy Show.

In Melbourne there's the Peter Lawrence, the Vain and Quezette at Caulfield, while in Adelaide some of SA's spring stars resume in the Spring Stakes.

Can anyone halt the Winx juggernaut? Highly unlikely, but Joel Marshall's Randwick preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the meetings at bet365 Geelong and Taree plus fields, colours and selections for Albury and Ipswich.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Gold Coast in Queensland and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Seymour (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Ipswich (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Taree Cup day and Grand National Steeplechase day at Sportsbet-Ballarat plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post August 18 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
bet365 Geelong synthetic, Taree
Caulfield, Randwick, Morphettville, Gold Coast, Belmont, Tatura (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Ipswich (Qld edition)
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Park synthetic, Taree, Devonport
Will Winx get beaten this spring?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R9 N2 Mr Tickets 10th
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R4 N5 Istria 8th
Port Augusta Sunday - R2 N9 She's the Master 5th
Letter of the Week

My three cents

The issue of jockeys wanting extra money has probably not been explained correctly to us mere punters.
It must be something more than an addition to the $200 riding fee that now applies.
We all know that jockeys like Bowman, McEvoy, Oliver and Williams are multimillionaires and shouldn’t want more, but the idea of strappers and stablehands receiving a percentage of this new prizemoney structure sits well withthe average punter.
On another hot topic, trainer Wayne Hawkes stated on TV that if NSW were racing for $150,000 and Victoria $120,00, then it would make sense to race in NSW.
Since when is $120,000 — or $100,000 for that matter — poor money?
Finally, will Matt Stewart one day admit that Darren Weir became a top trainer by winning big races with “cheapies” like She’s Archie and Trust in a Gust?

Ernie Gould
Rothwell (Qld)
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: